Regardless of where you’re writing this Monday, you can still imagine being somewhere else you’d rather be, even if you can’t physically be there. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it. Hopefully, this gets you motivated to write today and the rest of the week ahead.

Today’s Writing Prompt: A Writer’s Retreat

Before you begin writing today, close your eyes and imagine what your ideal space to write looks like. Then imagine that you’re there writing. Write about what you’re envisioning. Perhaps you’re writing in a large library with stories of books? Perhaps you’re writing in a house on the beach or a cottage in the English countryside? Use your imagination.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Writing At The Lakeside Library, by K.E. Creighton

It’s dawn. The accordion glass doors to the lakeside library are wide open and the crisp fresh air from the lake surrounds me as birds quietly chirp in the background. I’m sitting on the small reading sofa in the library, sipping my freshly ground Columbian coffee, wrapped in a velvety ivory-colored blanket. My laptop is sitting on my lap desk next to me on the sofa, not yet open because I’m watching the sun rise over the lake in between two large oak trees outside. Once the sun is smaller and rounder and hovering above the lake, it’ll be time to start writing. And I’ll write for a few hours. I’ll begin my writing after the day officially begins.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

This writing exercise is powerful, almost meditative, and will motivate you to write whenever you’re stuck. It brought me back to a place I always fantasize about, my lakeside library. Read about it in the post I wrote back in August: My Ideal Personal Library.

If you complete this writing prompt, share your draft by tagging #DailyDraftsAndDialogues and @kecreighton on Medium, WordPress, or Facebook.


  1. I had completed my research at the library, and stood still as I exited the library, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. San Diego had always amazed me, and this university campus stood on an incredible group of cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, perfect for surfers and marine enthusiasts of all types. My years of study had brought me to the place that while I sometimes took it for granted, I never ceased to stop and watch a sunrise or sunset while standing on the cliffs above!
    I had called this campus home for almost 4 years, except for breaks and summers in the south bay area of L.A. I even enjoyed the 2 1/2 hour drive home once a month or so. The seasons could be witnessed, if you took the time to travel to the mountains east of San Diego, or the Santa Monica mountains of San Bernardino county. The availability of various climates, altitudes, and cultures of both L.A. and San Diego never ceased to amaze me.
    I had thoroughly enjoyed taking a sweet, intelligent young lady to our Junior/Senior banquet at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, on the beautiful Coronado Island! We enjoyed a concerto from one of our gifted piano students, and a beautiful walk through the rose garden and the sound of the surf against the shore as we looked out on San Diego Harbor.
    One of my friends was the captain of our cross-country team, and he gave me some tips on how to train for an upcoming 5-mile community run. I managed to finish my first ever cross country run in under 44 minutes. While I was not exactly competitive, the fun and fellowship was terrific!
    Since my parents were huge Dallas Cowboy fans, they arranged to take me and my friend Anna to a game at Jack Murphy Stadium against the San Diego Chargers! We had a lot of fun, and the Cowboys won! This was a great add-on to watching the San Diego Padres win game 5 of the pennant race against the Chicago Cubs, which was won on a 2-run homer!
    All these incredible memories came flooding back to me as I watched the sunset from one of the picnic tables near the gym. I knew graduation was soon, and I knew these days of wonder and learning would never happen again. Although I was a summer graduate, and had to complete two more courses, I also would come to cherish my friendships during that month. The Rook tournament, a very popular card game, saw myself and my friend Mike reach the finals before finding out our competitors had gone home! Still, the entire summer was one to be remembered.
    As I packed my car for the last time, I stopped at the top of the hill. I took one long, last look at the Pacific Ocean from the highest point on campus, and the memories almost brought me to tears! I stopped at Hadley’s Orchards on the way home, for what turned out to be the last time at that branch. The dried fruits and incredible shakes were always worth the stop!
    I assumed that the passing years would be the only memories of my alma mater. However, not long after marrying and moving to Ohio, my niece was accepted on scholarship to my alma mater! This surprised me, and my brother explained that his one year there and my niece’s refusal to even consider another campus convince the family to send her there! Her graduating with a degree in international relations four years later made me feel that the legacy was complete!

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